Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

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    Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

    I did a search for "Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition" on CProgramming.com's forums but I found no useful information.

    Does anyone know whether or not this software is any good? I was thinking about getting back into C++. The thing is, when I was fluent in C++, I only did simple things such as console calculators, guessing games, etc... I never really learned any advanced libraries or bought any advanced programs.

    What do you have to say about "Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition Beta 2?" Thanks.

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    I tried it and switched over to dev-c++. ..why? well simply because I don't want to buy that and would rather use something that will last longer than a beta.

    That compiler seems pretty nice from what I can tell, but for basic programs either will be equally good to use.

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    Well since its "free" from M$, then all you get is the bare-bones compiler. You don't get a whole bunch of libraries, and you don't get an IDE either.
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    well I downloaded it at work to give it the once over and got as far as barely looking it over. You do get the ide with the beta. But while I was at lunch one of the charlies i work with decided to attatch a HDD to my compy and partiton it using fdisk unfortuneatley he was such an idiot he fdisked my HDD not his! So consequently been fixing his screw-up and havent had chance to redownload and try again.
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    Ok thanks for the information. Does anyone know if it will be free forever if I download it? In other words, is the current version free and will it not force me to upgrade and start paying? Thanks.

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    you can download and use the beta but you cant make redistributables with it. read the accompanying license.
    Free the weed!! Class B to class C is not good enough!!
    And the FAQ is here :- http://faq.cprogramming.com/cgi-bin/smartfaq.cgi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoned_Coder
    you can download and use the beta but you cant make redistributables with it. read the accompanying license.
    Will do. Thanks for the information.

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